PAMALAKAYA’s response to DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda’s recent remarks on the dolomite white sand
“Wash out or wash in, it doesn’t matter. What’s certain is that the dolomite white sand would fade away somehow. DENR Undersecretary Antiporda should stop making a fool of himself defending the widely-criticized dolomite project.
He deserves a strong condemnation over his tirade against U.P. experts who proposed planting of mangroves instead of beach nourishment. The funding intended for research and development was the reason why these experts came out with a suggestion that mangroves are way better than any synthetic sand. Ultimately, those funds, including the P389 million that the DENR has wasted for useless beach nourishment, were taxpayers’.
The audacity of Antiporda to lash out at our competent and productive scientists when it is himself who has no credibility in becoming an environmental official because he is neither an environmentalist nor an expert.
We demand Mr. Antiporda to address the environmental concerns being raised fair and square, and refrain form resorting to ad hominem. Otherwise, he is just exposing himself as a complete ignorant to environmental science, and only good in being a mouthpiece.
If Mr. Antiporda is unable to stand a criticism over an ill-conceived project, then he has no right to remain in his post and should immediately tender a resignation over incompetence and arrogance.” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson.